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I've run since I was 9 (now 47) with the past two years off due to illness. I've never been a slim runner, and even when playing rugby with a body fat % of 4 I still weighed 14st 3lb. Unfortunately, a combination of no exercise and medication taken saw me balloon to 21 stone, but I am now down to 16.5 with a combination of weights and running plan from The Runner's Handbook. I am doing an upper body weights programme consisting of 9 exercises of 3 sets of 7-12 reps (just one day) because I read somewhere that muscle mass increases basal metabolic rate, and this in turn will help me to lose more weight. When I do this I then struggle to go out for a run due to extreme fatigue. On the other three days I run long for 6 miles, do a 3 miler at conversational pace and a 3 miler with 1.5 miles of intervals. Would I be better to split the weights over two days (ie 5 exercises on 1 day and 4 on another) with 3 mile runs (effectively introducing another 3 miles into my weekly routine), continue with the full weights and no run on that particular day, or give up the weights completely and concentrate on swiss ball exercises to supplement my running? I wish to lose another 2 stone and then I'll be happy, and then simply continue running as a way to continue eating without gaining weight. Your advice is gratefully received! There's a lot of information here but thanks very much for answering.